fluke

1 of 3

noun (1)

1
: a stroke of luck
the discovery was a fluke
Her second championship shows that the first one was no mere fluke.
2
: an accidentally successful stroke at billiards or pool

fluke

2 of 3

noun (2)

1
2
: a flattened digenetic trematode worm
broadly : trematode compare liver fluke

fluke

3 of 3

noun (3)

1
: the part of an anchor that fastens in the ground see anchor illustration
2
: one of the lobes of a whale's tail

Examples of fluke in a Sentence

Noun (1) the discovery of oil on their property was just an amazing fluke
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
First of all, whether or not this is a fluke or a craven, calculated Hollywood move is completely beside the point. Jon Blistein, Rolling Stone, 2 July 2024 Blackfish has a spring season in Long Island Sound but can be interchanged with fluke, or black bass as well as vegetables and greens that can be changed for any hearty greens in season. Johnny Noakes, Hartford Courant, 20 May 2024 In this narrative, les Trente Glorieuses were a fluke. Robin Varghese, Foreign Affairs, 14 June 2018 The best time to target fluke has more to do with the tide than the time of day. Joe Cermele, Field & Stream, 27 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for fluke 

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Word History

Etymology

Noun (1)

origin unknown

Noun (2)

Middle English floke, fluke, from Old English flōc; akin to Old English flōh chip, Old High German flah smooth, Greek plax flat surface, and probably to Old English flōr floor — more at floor

Noun (3)

perhaps from fluke entry 2

First Known Use

Noun (1)

1857, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Noun (2)

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun (3)

1561, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of fluke was before the 12th century

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Cite this Entry

“Fluke.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fluke. Accessed 21 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

fluke

1 of 3 noun
: any of various trematode flatworms compare liver fluke

fluke

2 of 3 noun
1
: the part of an anchor that digs into the ground
2
: a barbed head (as of a harpoon)
3
: one of the lobes of a whale's tail

fluke

3 of 3 noun
: a stroke of good luck
won by a fluke
fluky
ˈflü-kē
adjective

Medical Definition

fluke

noun
: a flattened digenetic trematode worm
broadly : trematode see liver fluke

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